Disability and Proleptic Imagination

“Prolepsis” I now have a word for this thing I often experience. A wonderful essay on the human-animal bond, especially in regards to disability. I feel like I will often come back to this piece on days I am “wiped out” and surrounded by cats.

Planet of the Blind



Proleptic. In rhetoric “the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.”


The Swedish poet Kristina Lugn writes about the static nature of normalcy with a nod to a subject’s complicity, an irony known to all the disabled I’ve ever known. I’ve always admired these lines:

There are lots of women my age

who’ve even less reason to like themselves

but force others to do it anyway 

even though they’re neither beautiful 

nor in any way productive. 

Gallop Gallop. 

Perhaps its not that ridiculous after all 

to use vegetable dyes. 

Exercise is also good, especially for the brain. 

And to express your feelings in ceramics. 

Because then you get at the same time a bunch of stuff

that gives the home character.

Something to be proud of.

Gallop Gallop.


Prolepsis is a finely countenanced, socially agreeable internalized mode of oppression. All advertising depends…

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